Terms & Privacy Policy



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Privacy policy

This privacy policy describes the ways in which the Invasive Species Council collects, uses and shares your personal information when you visit our websites

which are operated by Invasive Species Council ABN: 27 101 522 829.


This policy outlines our obligations with how we manage Personal Information. The full policy can be
accessed here – an abridged version is provided below.


 This policy applies to the personal information about individuals and organisations that the Invasive Species
Council interacts with that is obtained, stored and used by the Invasive Species and its staff, contractors,
representatives and volunteers.


We will endeavour to comply with the Australian Privacy Principles (APPs) contained in the Privacy Act 1988
(Cth) (the Privacy Act). The APPs guides the way in which we collect, use, disclose, store, secure and dispose
of your Personal Information. A copy of the Australian Privacy Principles may be obtained from the website
of The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner at www.oaic.gov.au.


The Invasive Species Council is committed to develop respectful relationships with our supporters and
stakeholders with whom we work, and protecting and maintaining the agreed use of personal information
held by our organisation.

1. How does the Invasive Species Council collect your Personal Information?


This Personal Information is obtained in a number of ways including:

  • information you submit to us via our websites
  • information entered in our online tools (e.g. Contact / Enquiries / Donations / Campaign Submissions & Petitions)
  • via email or publications, subscriptions, donation and campaign publications
  • from other publicly available sources
  • from cookies
  • from third parties. 

We do not guarantee website links or the policies of authorised third parties.

When we collect Personal Information, we will, where appropriate and where possible, explain to you why
we are collecting the information and how we plan to use it.

You may unsubscribe from our mailing lists at any time by contacting us in writing.

2. Why does the Invasive Species Council collect Personal Information?

We collect your Personal Information to fulfil our mission to protect the environment from harmful new
invasive species.

We may also use your Personal Information for secondary purposes closely related to the primary purpose,
in circumstances where you would reasonably expect such use or disclosure.

3. Why would the Invasive Species Council collect Sensitive Information?

Sensitive information will be collected by the Invasive Species Council only:

  1. For the primary purpose for which it was obtained, relevant to one of the primary purposes outlined
    in Section 2.
  2. For a secondary purpose that is directly related to the primary purpose.
  3. With your consent; or where required or authorised by law or a court/tribunal order, or a “permitted
    general situation” (as defined in subsection 16A of the Act) exists in relation to the use or disclosure
    of the information.

4. When does the Invasive Species Council collect Personal Information?

The Invasive Species Council will only collect personal information when the information is reasonably
necessary for one or more of the Invasive Species Council’s functions or activities set out in Section 2.

The Invasive Species Council only collects personal information by lawful and fair means.

5. Disclosure of Personal Information

The Invasive Species Council will only use or disclose personal or sensitive information about an individual for
a secondary purpose in limited circumstances.

6. Quality of Personal Information

The Invasive Species Council will take such steps as are reasonable in the circumstances to ensure that the
personal information it collects is accurate, complete and up-to-date and, having regard to the purposes of
the use or disclosure of the personal information that is collected, relevant.

If you find that the information we have is not up to date or is inaccurate, please advise us as soon as
practicable so we can update our records.

7. Security of Personal Information

Your Personal Information is stored by the Invasive Species Council in a manner that reasonably protects it
from misuse and loss and from unauthorised access, modification or disclosure.

8. Access to your Personal Information

You may request details of the Personal Information we hold about you, subject to certain exceptions.

If you wish to obtain details of your Personal Information held by the Invasive Species Council, please contact
us in writing. Invasive Species Council, PO Box 818, Katoomba NSW, 2780 or via the website contact form.

9. Anonymity and Pseudonymity

Provided it is not unlawful or impracticable, individuals will have the option of not identifying themselves, or
of using a pseudonym, when dealing with Invasive Species Council. For example, when subscribing to a

Circumstances where it will be unlawful or impracticable to allow an individual to deal with Invasive Species
Council anonymously or by use of a pseudonym include, but are not restricted to, where name and address
details need to be provided to allow a receipt to be issued for tax-deductible donations, or where an
individual seeks to retain Invasive Species Council to provide professional services.

10. Policy Updates

This Policy may change from time to time and is available on our website.

11. Privacy Policy Complaints and Enquiries

If you have any queries or complaints about our Privacy Policy please contact us at:
Invasive Species Council, PO Box 818, Katoomba NSW, 2780 or via the website contact form.
An individual may make a complaint about Invasive Species Council’s handling of the individual’s personal
information to the Office Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC). Further information is available on
the OAIC website: http://www.oaic.gov.au/privacy/privacy-complaints.

Marketing privacy policy

This email marketing privacy policy has been created in an effort to demonstrate our strong commitment to your privacy and protection of your personal information.

Why did you receive an email from us?

If you received an email sent by us, it is because our records indicate that you have expressly shared this address for the purpose of receiving information from us (“opt-in”).

You may also receive transactional emails from us. These include, but are not limited to, order confirmation emails, payment confirmation, and account emails.

How can you stop receiving email from us?

Each marketing email that we send contains unsubscribe link that will allow you stop receiving email from us. If you do not wish to receive further mailings, simply click on the unsubscribe link provided in the email. You will be immediately removed from our mailing list.

Collection and use of your information

The Invasive Species Council uses permission-based email marketing service. Our customers can opt-in to receive information and marketing communication emails from us.

When our customers opt-in to receive our communication messages, we collect personally identifiable information from you that includes your email address and name.

We will never sell, share, or rent individual personal information with any external parties without your advance written permission or unless ordered by a court of law. Information submitted to us is only available to our employees managing this information for the purposes of contacting you, or sending you emails based on your request for information, and to contracted service providers for purposes of providing services related to our communications with you.

How do we protect your privacy and the security of your information?

We use the latest and generally approved security measures to protect against the loss, misuse and alteration of information collected from you.

Your data is protected under the privacy laws of Australia. 

Use of web beacons

When you receive an email sent by us, the email may include a so-called web beacon to measure marketing effectiveness. When you click on a link provided in the email, we may record that response so that we can better serve you in the future by customizing our offerings.

Changes in our practices

The Invasive Species Council reserves the right to modify this Marketing Privacy Policy at any time. If we decide to update this Policy, the updated changes can be found in this Policy and any other places we deem appropriate to post them.

Contacting us

If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy, or if you believe you have received unwanted, unsolicited email sent by us, please contact us at contact@invasives.org.au or by mail using the details provided below:

Invasive Species Council

88b Station St, Fairfield VIC 3078

Dear National Deer Management Coordinator,

Please accept this as a submission to the National Feral Deer Action Plan.

[Your personalised message will appear here] 

I am very concerned about the spread of deer and am pleased that a national plan has finally been developed. Without urgent action, funding and commitment from all levels of government it is clear that feral deer will continue to spread and damage our environment.

The feral deer population in Australia is growing rapidly and spreading across the country, damaging our natural environment, causing havoc for farmers and foresters and threatening public safety. Unlike much of the world where deer are native, our plants and wildlife haven’t evolved to deal with these heavy hard hooved animals with a voracious appetite.
With no natural predators and an ability to adapt to almost all environments, they could occupy almost all of Australia unless stopped. Despite this, state and territory governments have been slow to respond and in Victoria and Tasmania they are still protected by law for the enjoyment of hunters.

This plan should be adopted by all governments but must also be underpinned by dedicated funding and clear responsibilities. A plan without funding or accountability is a plan that will fail and Australia cannot afford for this to fail.

In order to prevent the spread of feral deer and reduce their impact on our native wildlife, ecosystems and agriculture, I ask that the following recommendations be adopted for the final National Feral Deer Action Plan:

1. All federal, state and territory governments should adopt the National Feral Deer Action Plan and declare feral deer to be a priority pest animal species.

2. All federal, state and territory governments should commit to:

  • Contain deer to the existing large population areas.
  • Reduce and eradicate smaller and isolated populations.
  • Protect important environmental assets such as world and national heritage areas.
  • Develop and fund regional plans and strategies to manage deer populations which involve land managers across all tenures.

3. In order to drive action and the success of this plan, there should be dedicated Commonwealth funding and support for:

  • A permanent national feral deer coordinator position.
  • A permanent federal feral deer action committee with representatives from the commonwealth and state and territory governments and the environmental and agricultural sectors.
  • An ongoing public education campaign on feral deer.
  • A network of regional feral deer coordinators to drive local action across tenures.

4. The expected outcomes for the plan need to be more ambitious, with clear interim targets including:

  • Within one year, all States and Territories should have in place arrangements to implement the National Feral Deer Action Plan, including allocating dedicated funding for implementation.
  • Within one year, feral deer management plans should be developed for key environmental assets of national significance, including the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, the Greater Blue Mountains, the Australian Alps, the Gondwana Rainforests and the Wet Tropics of Queensland.
  • Within five years coordinated landscape scale management should be in place where land owners, land managers, government and community are demonstrably working together.

5. A national feral deer containment map with three zones should be adopted. It should be more ambitious than the zone map in the current draft plan and there should be greater clarity in the naming of the zones. Improvements that should be adopted include:

  • Renaming the zones to better reflect the management intention to ‘Containment Zone 1’ (the current large population zone), ‘Containment Buffer Zone 2’ (the current buffer zone) and ‘Eradication and prevention Zone 3’ (the current small isolated population zone).
  • The NSW northern rivers area should be in the eradication and prevention zone as there are few feral deer currently in this region and eradicating isolated populations and preventing spread into this area is still possible.
  • The whole of South Australia should be in the eradication and prevention zone as eradication is the goal of the SA Government.
  • The Tasmanian region in the containment zone should be smaller to reflect greater ambition and potential for eradication of deer populations.
  • In eastern Victoria areas such as Wilson’s Promontory, Westernport islands and the Mornington Peninsula should be in the eradication and prevention zone.

6. There should be consistent laws and regulations across all states and territories that:

  • Recognise feral deer as a pest animal and treat them as such.
  • Establish a clear responsibility for all landholders and managers to be involved in feral deer control programs.
  • Set clear penalties to stop the wilful or negligent release of feral deer.
  • Prevent new deer farms in areas where no feral deer are present and phase out all deer farms in the eradication and prevention zone.
  • Enable enforcement of compliance, including on government land.

I support the follow principles being adopted in the final National Feral Deer Action Plan:

  • Feral deer are a pest and should be treated as such on all tenures, except on approved deer farms.
  • Federal, state and territory governments have a responsibility to fund the outcomes under this plan.
  • All land managers in areas where feral deer are present have a responsibility to be involved in feral deer control programs.
  • The focus of management efforts should be on eradication of isolated, satellite populations, protection of key environmental assets currently impacted and stopping the spread to new regions.
  • Feral deer control should be undertaken humanely, safely and professionally according to agreed protocols and all tools which meet this criteria should be adopted, including aerial control.
  • Funding for coordination, regional planning and community engagement is necessary for effective feral deer management.
  • Ongoing management and follow up control efforts are required to achieve long lasting results.
  • Rules and regulations should be consistent across jurisdictions and land tenures.
  • Recreational hunting is not an effective strategy for feral deer control and should not be relied upon.
[Your name]
[Your email address]
[Your suburb], [Your state]